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Robert Lee Burnes

The Statesman, Austin, Texas
March 11, 1917, page 5

 Robert Lee Burnes died this morning at 6 o'clock at his home in South Austin.  He was born in Sumpter [Sumter], S. C. Feb. 7, 1865.  Funeral services will be held at the home at 12:15 o'clock Sunday.  Burial will be at Brenham, his former home. He is survived by a wife and four children, Bessie, Bertha, Lex, and Bert Burnes; two brothers, Dr. B. Burnes of Brenham, F.M. Burnes of Luling; five sisters, Mrs. H.J. Weihsn and  Miss Cleo Burnes of Brenham,  Mrs. Hudson,  Mrs. Ingram, Mrs.Baskins, all of South Carolina.

Notes from submitter: Robert L. Burnes' father was William James Burnes and his mother Florida (Flora) Mallett Burnes.  Any information about this family--Burn(e)s or Mallett would be very much appreciated. December 27, 2001

Hannah Wolbrueck

Mary Hatfield

August 2000

Sumter-Services for Mary Craft Hatfield, 86, will be held at 3 pm Thursday, August 31 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Camden, with the Rev. Jimmy Atkinson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 tonight at Bullock Funeral Home. Mrs. Hatfield died Monday, August 28, 2000 at Toumey Heathcare Systems of Sumter. Born in Kershaw County, she was a daughter of the late John Thomas and Mary Miller Craft. She was married to the late Mendel Ben "Hat" Hatfield. Surviving are sons, Ralph Hatfield and wife, Rachel of Lancaster, John Cooper and wife, Diannie of Camden and Fred L. Hatfield Sr. And wife, Dorothy of Sumter; daughter, Betty Hasty of Lugoff; 16 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Carl M. Hatfield and a grandson, Johnny D. Hatfield.

Submitted by Anita Schwartz


April 23, 2001

Camden Chronicle-Independent

Robert Elvin “Pete” McCathern, 59, of Sumter, brother of five county residents, died Friday, April 20. Born in Lee County, he was a son of the late Kervin McCathern and Elizabeth White McCathern. Mr. McCathern was employed by Korn Industries. Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann Anderson McCathern, of Sumter; two sons, Robbie E. And Terry L. McCathern, both of Sumter; one daughter, Sandra Marie Baird, of Sumter; seven brothers, William, Vernon and Herbert McCathern, all of Bishopville; Harold and Ronnie McCathern, both of Cassatt, Don McCathern of Lugoff, and Frank McCathern, of Live Oak, Fla.; two sisters, Lela Mae Hough and Shirley Privette, both of Cassatt; and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the Chapel of the Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home, Sumter, with the Reverends Carnell Floyd and Buiddy Griffith officiating. Burial will follow in the Piedmont Cemetery in Bishopville. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm this evening at the Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home and others times at the home, 1451 Paul Street, Sumter. Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge.

Submitted by Anita Schwartz


Earl Wayne Richbourg, born in Pensacola, Florida in 1924, went home to his
heavenly father, July 30, 2007 at the age of 82.

Earl was a World War II veteran, flying combat missions for the Navy. He
attended the University of Florida and served as student government vice
president for Pensacola Junior College. Earl, a mechanical engineer was a
manufacturer's representative in the HVAC industry for over 40 years. Before
retiring, he was a member of the Association of General Contractors. Earl
spent his life dedicating it to others. He was a member of many community
organizations including the Krewe of Lafitte, Karnival Kavaliers, and the
BPO Elks where he served as District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler, Florida NW.
He was an honorary life member of Pensacola Beach Elks Lodge.

Earl was an active member of Northminster Presbyterian Church. In addition
to being an ordained elder and Sunday School teacher, he wrote a Bible Study
on the Book of Acts which small groups still use.

His mother, father, one sister, four brothers and his first wife, Mary Alyce
Richbourg, precede Earl in death.

Earl is survived by his wife, Norma Richbourg, Pensacola; son and
daughter-in-law, Richard "Rick" and Jeanne Richbourg, Orlando; and one
daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Brian Finkbone, Pensacola Beach; and
granddaughter Kylie Finkbone, Pensacola Beach.

Visitation will be held 5:00-7:00pm, Thursday, August 2, 2007 at
Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel.

Funeral Service will be held 10:00am, Friday August 3, 2007 at Harper-Morris
Memorial Chapel with Mr. Rew Randolph officiating.

Entombment will follow at Bayview Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Earl was secure in the knowledge that to be absent from the body is to be
present with the Lord.

HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.

“The Newnan Herald & Advertiser”
Newnan, Coweta Co., Georgia
NEWSPAPER Issue of Friday, April 29, 1910
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Powell were called to Summerton, S.C. [Clarendon Co] on the 18th inst. by
a telegram announcing the critical illness of Mrs. Powell's aunt, Mrs. R.R.
Briggs. Before reaching their destination however, they had another telegram
announcing her death. The news of Mrs. Briggs' death was heard with deep
regret by her many friends in Newnan where she had frequently visited, and
the sympathy of everyone goes out to the bereaved husband.
(Transcribed by Candace [Teal] Gravelle – -  August 28, 2006)

Manning Times, Thursday April 20th 1989

Thomas Bailey Holladay
Manning - Thomas B. Holladay, 83, died April 11th
at his residence.
Born in Manning, he was the son of the late Andrew Mitchell
and Virginia Owens Holladay.
Mr. Holladay was a retired Farmer and a Member of the First Baptist
Church In Manning.
Survivors include a Daughter, Viola Wilson of Manning, Two Sons, Thomas B. Jr., and
Alvin Wayne Holladay, both of Manning; a Step-daughter, Barbara Goldsmith of Monroe, NY;
a Step-son, Robert L. Thames, Jr. of Shelbyville, Ky; a Sister Dot Bagnal of Manning; Two Brothers
Milton Ralph and Mitchell Holladay both of Manning, and 13 Grandchildren.
Services were held friday in the Chapel of Stephens
Funeral Home with Dr. Paul Sullivan officiating
Burial was in Holladay Family Cemetery

Thomas Bailey Holladay, Sr.  AKA  Bailey, or Mr. Bail by those who had a great deal of respect for him.

Bailey's Youngest Daughter, Harlene Kay Spigner, along with her two children, Robin Machelle and Edgar Wayne Spigner, died when their home caught fire in Alcolu, 1982. Pearl Lowder Holladay, Bailey's wife, Died in 1983, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.

Bailey's brother, Milton's middle name is Ravenel, not Ralph. His other brother, Mitchell is Mitchell Lyle Holladay, both died in the 1990's. Had he Lived, beyond the 90's and today at 100, He would have been the Great Grandfather to Seven of his Grandchildren's offspring, one being my son who is carrying on the Holladay name. Also He would have been the Step-Great Grandfather to 8 other children through his wife, Pearl and her children.
Cemetery Location:
Holladay Family Cemetery is located under 2 miles South West of Manning, off Hwy 260 toward Lake Marion. Take a right on Robson street, go straight down and take a left on Pickwood, up the hill , Turn Right on Holladay Drive ( Holliday on Maps). Go down dirt road and see the Cemetery sitting on left, beside old ruins of a home area.

Thomas Bailey Holladay, III
    " Butch "

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